January 23, 2019
Weekly World News Update
The Global Economy; Trump-Kim Meet Again; Venezuelan Woes; Americans Killed in Combat; Zimbabwe in Trouble; Palestine Rejects Aid; Spy Paul Whelan?
Quote of the Week
Traditional adversaries will continue attempts to gain and assert influence, taking advantage of changing conditions in the international environment — including the weakening of the post-WWII international order and dominance of Western democratic ideals, increasingly isolationist tendencies in the West, and shifts in the global economy.
-- Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in a 36-page report released on Tuesday on what the intelligence community sees as the gravest threats facing the U.S.
What Lies Ahead for the Global Economy?
World Economic Forum 2019: What to Expect From This Year's Summit in Davos” Guy Davies -- ABC News, January 19, 2019

Worst Is Yet to Come for China's Economy” Kenneth Rapoza -- Forbes, January 23, 2019

IMF Warns No-Deal Brexit Could Trigger Further Slowdown in Global Economy” Eoin Burke-Kennedy -- The Irish Times, January 21, 2019

" The Economics of No-Deal Brexit [Podcast]" Guntram Wolff; Zsolt Darvas -- Bruegel, January 16, 2019
Second Trump-Kim Summit Confirmed
Kim's Envoy Arrives in DC as Pentagon States 'Extraordinary Threat'" Posed by North Korea” Zachary Cohen -- CNN, January 18, 2019

The Second Trump-Kim Summit Is Set, But Is Trump Ready?” Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 22, 2019

What to Expect From Trump-Kim Take Two” Uri Friedman -- The Atlantic, January 18, 2019

Mike Pence Is Right on North Korea, and Trump Should Listen ” Erin Dunne -- Washington Examiner, January 17, 2019
Venezuela Tensions Rise

" Venezuela Does Not Have the Necessary Political Force" Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz -- LatinAmerican Post, January 18, 2019

Venezuela's Maduro Orders Revision of Diplomatic Relations With U.S." Corina Pons; Angus Berwick; Sandra Maler -- Reuters, January 22, 2019
Americans Killed in Combat
Death of American, Taliban Attack May Muddle Plans for Withdrawal from Afghanistan” Jorge L. Ortiz -- USA Today, January 22, 2019

ISIS-Claimed Attack on Americans in Syria Renews Criticism of Trump Policy” Natasha Turak – CNBC, January 17, 2019

Suicide Blast Kills Four Americans in Syria, a Sign of Remaining Extremist Danger” Louisa Loveluck and Missy Ryan -- Washington Post, January 16, 2019
Crackdown in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe in ‘Total Internet Shutdown’ Amid Deadly Crackdown” Farai Mutsaka -- Associated Press, January 18, 2019

Zimbabwe Is Burning. It’s Time to Act.” Michelle Gavin and Alexander Noyes -- Washington Post, January 22, 2019

Palestine Rejects Aid
Palestinians Say No to ‘All Remaining American Aid’” Kashmir Observer, January 23, 2019
Tit for Tat in Russia?
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